The day is March 4th 1825, and Louisa Catherine Adams has not accompanied her husband, John Quincy Adams, to his inauguration as the sixth President of the United States. In a rare moment of solitude, Louisa reflects on the events of her tumultuous life in the public eye. From her childhood in England and France, to her adventures as the wife of an American diplomat in Europe where she charmed heads of state from Berlin to St. Petersburg, Louisa’s memories provide a glimpse into international politics during the Age of Revolutions. When Louisa and John Quincy returned to the United States, the flair for entertaining and political savvy Louisa displayed as the couple moved between Boston and Washington, DC, eventually assisted her husband in becoming President of the United States. In this moment, now that John Quincy has won the coveted office for which they both worked so hard, why is she not standing by his side?
Laura Rocklyn has performed with theaters across the country and worked as a first person historical interpreter at museums up and down the East Coast. She is a museum educator at the Paul Revere House Museum, a Troupe Member with History At Play, and an Associate Company Member with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Laura has published articles in “Brontë Studies” and “The Revere Express”. She was the winner of the “LitMag” 2021 Virginia Woolf Award for short fiction, and her stories have appeared in the literary journals “Stork” and “New Square.” She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.
This is the second part in a 4-part series of "living history performances" on America's first ladies. Meet Dolley Madison on May 26 and Mary Lincoln on June 2. Jacqueline Kennedy spoke to us on May 12.
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